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U.S. Open Tennis defending women's champion Serena Williams speaks during a press conference at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. Williams is in position to win the Grand Slam this year if she wins the U.S. Open tennis tournament. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Associated Press | August 29, 2015 12:05 pm
Even No. 2 Halep rooting for Serena to win US Open
  • United States' Ashton Eaton reacts as he celebrates after winning the gold medal in the men's decathlon in a world record points tally of 9,045 at the World Athletics Championships at the Bird's Nest stadium in Beijing, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
    Ashton Eaton breaks world record as he wins decathlon gold
    Associated Press | August 29, 2015 10:33 am

    BEIJING (AP) — This was going to hurt. No way around it for Ashton Eaton. To get where the American decathlete wanted to go, he had to endure just a little more pain, dig just a little deeper. So Eaton gritted his teeth and charged ahead, grimacing as he stepped over a low railing and […]

  • Britain's Mo Farah celebrates after winning the gold in the men's 5000m final at the World Athletics Championships at the Bird's Nest stadium in Beijing, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015 (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
    1 would have been enough before, now Farah has a handful
    Associated Press | August 29, 2015 10:04 am

    BEIJING (AP) — Only seven years ago, Mo Farah was daydreaming about winning a medal — just one, any color. On Saturday, the British distance runner was on the track posing with Usain Bolt at the Bird’s Nest as the friends continue to collect gold by the bagful. With his runaway victory in the 5,000 […]

  • Carter’s cancer rekindles memories of 1980 Olympic boycott
    Associated Press | August 29, 2015 12:11 am

    ATLANTA (AP) — Thirty-five years after his hopes for a gold medal were dashed by Jimmy Carter’s boycott of the Moscow Olympics, Craig Beardsley is at peace. That doesn’t mean the former world record-holding swimmer has backed off from his belief that staying home in 1980 was a huge mistake. “We were just pawns,” Beardsley […]

  • Jamaica's Usain Bolt takes a photo with his teammates after they won the men's 4x100m relay final at the World Athletics Championships at the Bird's Nest stadium in Beijing, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
    The gift of gold: Bolt wins again, with help from the US
    Associated Press | August 28, 2015 8:52 pm

    BEIJING (AP) — Usain Bolt’s final gold medal at the Bird’s Nest came gift-wrapped. With a red-white-and-blue bow, too. The World’s Fastest Man made it 3 for 3 in Beijing again, leading the Jamaicans to a runaway win Saturday in the 4×100-meter relay that came easy thanks to an American team that still hasn’t figured […]

  • United States' Ashton Eaton practices with a book before competing in the men's discus throw decathlon at the World Athletic Championships at the Bird's Nest stadium in Beijing, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
    The Latest: Eaton leads by 131 after 7 events in decathlon
    Associated Press | August 28, 2015 8:11 pm

    BEIJING (AP) — The Latest from the IAAF world championships (all times local): ___ 11:35 a.m. Defending champion Ashton Eaton stayed within world-record range after seven events in the decathlon, amassing 6,451 points after the discus throw. Eaton, who set the world record at 9,039 points in 2012, threw 44.34 meters and had a 131-point […]

  • ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, AUG. 29-30 - FILE -  In this Aug. 23, 2015, file photo, Roger Federer, of Switzerland, returns the ball to Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, during a final match at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament in Mason, Ohio. Djokovic is the No. 1 seed for the 2015 U.S. Open. Federer is seeded second. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
    After restful summer, Federer in the swing heading into Open
    Associated Press | August 28, 2015 5:48 pm

    CINCINNATI (AP) — Roger Federer isn’t in such a rush anymore. He’s doing things his way and taking time to savor each moment. After losing to Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon final, he took a month off from tournament play to be with his family and visit Africa as part of his charity work. The […]

  • Men's 200m gold medalist Jamaica's Usain Bolt celebrates on the podium at the World Athletics Championships at the Bird's Nest stadium in Beijing, Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
    The Latest: Toth leads 50K walk after 15K at worlds
    Associated Press | August 28, 2015 4:57 pm

    BEIJING (AP) — The Latest from the IAAF world championships (all times local): ___ 8:45 a.m. Matej Toth was leading the 50-kilometer walk after 15K in the world championships. Toth, who has the third-fastest time in history, passed the mark in 1 hour, 7 minutes, 28 seconds and was 39 seconds clear of Jared Tallent […]

  • FILE - This is a June 1, 2014, file photo showing Justin Wilson waiting to qualify before the second race of the IndyCar Detroit Grand Prix auto racing doubleheader in Detroit. The IndyCar Series has bounced from one problem to another all season as it scrambles for viewers and new fans. It heads into the season finale this weekend after suffering the worst possible blow: The death of a driver, with Justin Wilson dead at 37 from injuries suffered in a crash. (AP Photo/Bob Brodbeck, File)
    Column: IndyCar is clearly too risky; time to shut it down
    Associated Press | August 28, 2015 3:48 pm

    Justin Wilson. Dan Wheldon. Paul Dana. Dead. Tony Renna. Greg Moore. Scott Brayton. Dead. Alex Zanardi. Sam Schmidt. Davey Hamilton. Maimed for life. Dario Franchitti. Cristiano da Matta. Kenny Brack. Careers cut short. James Hinchcliffe. Mikhail Aleshin. Mike Conway. Lucky to be alive. Enough already. After the latest tragedy in IndyCar — Wilson’s death from […]

  • The Union Pacific Intermodal rail yard is viewed with the Los Angeles skyline on Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. The vast extension of land could be repurposed as the centerpiece of the proposed $1 billion residential village for the 2024 Olympic Games bid. But with a deadline to submit a U.S. candidate for the 2024 Games just 18 days away, the plan remains a mystery in many ways. The sprawling Olympic Village, to be built with mostly private funds, is tethered to a series of financial assumptions and question marks. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
    An Olympic-sized question mark: Housing in plan for 2024
    Associated Press | August 28, 2015 3:20 pm

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The centerpiece of the proposed 2024 Olympic Games in Los Angeles would be a $1 billion village where thousands of athletes would eat, sleep and stroll on tree-lined walks and clipped lawns. But with a deadline to submit a U.S. candidate for the 2024 Games just 18 days away, the plan […]